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a partnership, but jon karl is in washington, and the speaker fired off a letter just before we came on the air tonight.t. >> reporter: that's right. the speaker and the president were on the veshlg of a histori deal that would have cult spending by $3.5 trillion, dealt with the debt crisis and raised the debt ceiling. now, the speaker fired off this letter, saying the deal, the talks are over. he says it has become evident that the white house is simply not serious about ending the spending binge. in the end, the speaker writes, we could not connect. i'm told this broke down over a disagreement over how much to raise tax revenues. >> and jon, the president said he was going to fire back, too, here's what the president just said, we'll get your reaction here. >> we have run out of time and they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default. and they can come up with any plans that they want and bring them up here and we will work on them. the only bottom line that i have is that we have to extend this debt ceiling through the next election. >> jon, you can almo
they gotten in the way of her job before? would they get in the way if elected president? abc's jon karl has the doctor's not tonight and more on the controversy. jon? >> reporter: good evening, david. well, here is the doctor's note that michele bachmann has released today. it comes from the in-house doctor here in congress and it gives her a clean bill of health. the letter from the top doctor in congress says bachmann has had extensive evaluations. your migraines occur frequently. when you do have one, you are able to control it well. the issue was first raised monday be the daily caller website, which quoted anonymous sources saying bachmann suffers from incapacitating headaches. today, she was still facing questions. >> we released a statement on the issue. and as commander in chief, i'm going to make sure that we get our fiscal house in order. >> reporter: bachmann acknowledges occasional migraines. her campaign points out her packed schedule hasn't been affected a bit. but today, tim pawlenty, the republican candidate most threatened by bachmann's rise, pounced on the report. >> going
situation. for the latest we begin with jon karl. jon, you broke the story of this framework late last night. this morning we were all told the leaders were going to inform their rank and file members of the details this afternoon, but hour after hour has gone by. the briefings haven't taken place, there's no final deal. >> the reason why it hasn't happened is because they have a few minor issues to be worked out. i'm told they are relatively minor issues. once that happens, the hard work happens, which is they have to convince enough rank and file democrats and republicans to support the bill to get it passed. a rare sunday on capitol hill. senators rushing to work and even rarer these days, the leaders actutually smiling. they finally have come together. congressional leaders and the president on a debt plan. it looks like this. a debt ceiling increase of up to $2.4 trillion. that's enough to last through the presidential election. agreement on up to $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. a new congressional committee to recommend additional deficit reduction of up to $1.5 trillion.
political correspondent, jon karl, has been on this story every step of the way. and he leads us off, once again, tonight. jon, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, dan. well, the house and the senate have spent the last 24 hours on a series of showboats on bills that don't have a chance of passing. but republican leaders say they're fully engaged with the white house. and have spoken with the president this afternoon to try to find a way to break the impasse. finally, signs of progress. >> i'm confident and optimistic that we're going to get an agreement in the very near future and resolve this crisis. >> despite our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people, who want this crisis to end as quickly as possible. and i'm confident we will. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by looking at what congress is actually doing. >> the american people are looking for a real solution. >> reporter: the house spent the day voting down the bill offered by senate democrats, even though the senate hadn't passed it yet. >> there is absolutely no excuse for this reckless, unpat
, jon karl and jake tapper in washington and all three told me they have never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: with just about a week to go, none of the leaders, none of them, not the president, not the speaker of the house, not the democratic leader of the senate, know how this is going to turn out. right now, there are no votes to pass anything. >> so, you are saying that the white house has no idea -- >> >> reporter: how this is going to play out? absolutely not. >> they have a plan? >> reporter: nonon at all. i have never seen a situation like this in 20 years in this town where nobody knows how it's going to end. >> republicans get to have their fight next year, right, in any case. we have fight about taxes in this country during an election year. why make the debt ceiling an issue? why make it about the debt ceiling as opposed to the fact that we're going to elect a president? >> reporter: because it's working for them right now. >> reporter: and diane, the question is, you got to force congress to do this. the republicans want to force congress to, and the pres
party republicans who have been blocking action. will it work? abc's jon karl on capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: diane, this is john boehner's biggest test as speaker of the house. he's got to convince those tea party republicans to support his plan to raise the debt ceiling. john boehner is cracking the whip. he convened a meeting of all 240 house republicans today. sources who were there tell abc he had a blunt message for tea partiers. get your ass in line, he said. i can't do this job unless you are behind me. that's what gets you in line? >> we are a team. we are about trying to move the country toward. >> reporter: some of john boehner's tea partiers don't believe the warnings. >> armageddon midnight, august 3 is simply not the case. it's not true. >> reporter: kevin mccarthy urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing this clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it now and we're going to hurt some people. >> whose car are we going to take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> so,
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